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Joe's Premium American Pilsner - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 238
Hads: 567
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 20.49%
Wants: 17
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 08-07-2010

"a contemporary rendition of a classic style. Hopped with purpose, Joe's is beautifully bitter and dry with an abundance of floral, Noble German hops. Uber-sessionable. Utterly American. This is Premium American Pilsner."
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Photo of jlindros
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pilsner in a can...

Pours a very large 3 finger head that reaches just to the top with some overage of my Portsmouth tulip. The head is pasty white and fluffy, and fades semi slowly with lots of sticky lacing over brilliantly clear golden wheat lighter colored beer, so clear I can see the finger print I just made on the glass and the one spot I missed drying and it got a small water spot.

Nose brings lot of light wheats and malts, a bit of a light lager yeast fruit aromas, a crisp lager aroma, and some light noble grassy hops.

Taste is light, bringing light grassy and noble hops to start, that get a little bitter, spicy, and fruity, almost a chewy hop pellet bitterness, and really starts to get astringent, the light wheat and malt pilsner below that are barely detectable, very light lager crispness and fruits, but just overpowered by the hops. A pilsner is a beer that is supposed to let the malts and wheats shine through, especially with the nice crisp lager flavors, the hops just destroy that in this beer. It finishes even more bitter and astringent, almost begging to wash it down with an IPA or something else. The flavors just don't mesh well. A decent dry crisp finish, that would go great if the hops didn't just kick my ass (and I'm a hop head, but when it counts).

Mouth is lighter bodied and crisp, decent carbonation.

Drink is not so great, it would be great if not for the hops, bringing some light malts and wheats, a nice crisp lager and pilsner flavor profile, and dry crisp finish, but the bitterness of the hops and astringency just go way overboard.

OK Avery, I hope you are reading this. I know there is a huge hop following, and many hop heads all over the place, and there's a big contest for who can bitter their beer the most, or cram the most hop profile. But there's a time and place for hops, and a hop profile for each style. I understand trying to break down the walls and expand the various styles, but this is just overboard. A nice pilsner with some light noble hops, something like Noble Pils actually, adds a nice touch to it. This, however, i just waaay to much. I'm a hophead actually, I love hops in many ways, but when I'm drinking a pilsner, I don't want my hops to overpower it so much I think I'm drinking hop juice! A pilsner is delicate and sessionable, a summer/spring beer mostly, but this just smacks it in the face and drags it out to the curb to be runover by the bus and have the neighbors dog piss on it, piss a golden shower of hops... OK maybe a little too much imagery, but seriously, too much!

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Photo of JizackFH
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a clear very light pale yellow straw color. It has a 2-finger white head on it. the head has decent retention, and leaves very nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is a bit grassy. There is also a bitterness and hoppy presence. I am also getting some biscuity malt as well.

T - The taste is of lightly toasted malts, and there is also a nice noble hop bitterness. Also, I there is a nice earthiness to it. The finish has a lingering bitterness.

M - This has a light body and average carbonation. It is smooth and coats the mouth nicely. I think this is a good feel for this style.

D - There is good drinkability here. It goes down smooth, and has good flavor. There is a little more bitterness than I'm used to in a pilsner, but it's good.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoah, Joe. This is a very light colored lager - like macro-light-colored. Pale yellow. White fizzy head. Like looking at a mug of draft bud light.

But there the worries end. First a sharp stab of steely hop aroma with some sulfur, then you taste the earthy-metallic, lemony, soapy hop flavor.

Light bodied, prickly carbonation, decidedly sharp bitter hop biting finish.

For fans of Tuppers Hop Pocket pils and Sam Adams Noble Pils.

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Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Extremely pale straw-colored body. Big white pillowy head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: An overwhelming floral hoppy aroma.

T: Medium crisp clean hoppy bitterness. Breadiness from the malt. Incredibly refreshing.

M: Light as a feather, good carbonation.

D: Definitely the best fizzy pale lager I've ever had. Both thirst-quenching and flavorful.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.66/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft pour In a pint glass

A: golden, crystal clear, white head

S: german malts, floral, fresh.

T: malts, light hops, fruity, floral, really great tasting beer

M: crisp, clean,

D: easy drinking, smooth beer great tasting, this is a tasty brew well done extreamly clean...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly-light golden-straw color. Beer is almost completely transparent with some visible carbonation. Single-finger white head doesn't last all that long. The nose isn't really all that reminiscent of a pilsner--I don't get any of those crisp, herbal, and/or floral hop notes. The taste falls down even harder, especially when paired with the mouthfeel. Sure, there are some faint hops lingering in the background, though I wouldn't call this a pislner at all.

Even calling this an "American Pilsner" is a misnomer. This is a lager that has a bit of malt but lacks the hops and crispness of anything remotely resembling a pilsner. With that said, this wasn't a terrible beer and had no obvious flaws in the brew process. I wouldn't have a problem with this beer if it were simply classified as a pilsner; however, Avery decided to use "pilsner" in the name. I think it's better-classified as an American Pale Lager, which has been done here on BA.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but left a delicate web of lacing covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of bready malts as well as floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: A moderate to strong amount of bitterness from the hops overshadows the flavors of bready and grainy malts. The finish is quite bitter and also has notes of peppery spices.
M: It feels light-bodied, crisp and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. I would definitely try this again if I am looking for something that's light-bodied and has a lot of bitterness.

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Photo of zimm421
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appears a very clear, golden color with an impressive off-white head, which leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is very malty, with a nice fruity undertone going on. Some slight hop aromas, but not a whole lot going on there. The taste is not very bitter, and is full of light, sweet flavors up front. Definitely something that reminds me of summer, even though it's certainly not here...

The mouthfeel is very crisp and light with a higher level of carbonation. This beer goes down easily, and is definitely enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Clear ,bright gold in color, with a bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Soft malt and grain notes
Taste-Lightly toasted malt, pleasant hop bite.
Lingering hop presence throughout. Good flavor for a lager. Session-worthy. Would pair nicely with a round of spicy appetizers or throw in a cooler for some float-fishin' and some homemade deer jerky.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Pale yellow, malt aroma, IBU a significant 42 and it's tehre and felt. Lacey, hoppy. arbonation is there though not obtrusive. Average muthfeel, a good American style pilsner. Served a little cold, as it would be at most bars.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, light fruit, and a definite maltiness.

T: Tasted of malt, a little citrus, and some hops. A generally well-rounded flavor, with a somewhat earthier quality to it than most of its style.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Overall, a well done, drinkable beer. This would be a good brew for the summer.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - very light straw color, pretty bright sunshine-like yellow when the light hits this. Head is sort of soda-like yet dense and about a half-inch in thickness. Looks nice and clean and clear as it should with some tiny bubbles streaming upwards to freedom.

Aroma - a bit malty, some fresh-cut grass notes, a bit of citrusy hoppiness and slight hints at earthiness.

Taste - that first sip will have you re-thinking the mere notion of a canned pilsner. Erase every possible thing you've been told because this is something entirely different. One taste and the bite of the hops, the solid malt profile and the addictive crispness snap of a finish and you'll be hooked. Plenty of bitterness from all those hops as well as a mineral, almost iron-like, flavor as well. This one has the dryness associated with the style but that just keeps your face pressed in the glass after each sip.

Overall - The hoppy bitterness and the all out bite of a finish of this pilsner are what really sets it apart. I could get used to drinking pilsners if they all tasted like this! Share this with any potential craft beer drinker and call it you're good beer deed of the day.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely! I'm bummed that this was my only one. I need more for when all the snow melts and its time to barbecue.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very clearish-yellow. It appears to be quite well carbonated and leaves a fine lacing on the glass. Does not appear to be as watered down as many other pilsners.

Smell - It smells of light fruits, and more specifically, banana chips. It has a natural spring harvest smell to it. It creates an image of a golden wheat field at sunset in my mind.

Taste - It has a very crisp and concise taste to it. There is definitely no mistaking that it is a stronger-tasting pilsner, despite its low ABV. It has grassy and wheat hints to it. What surprised me was the prominent hop finish. It isn't something I've come to expect from Pilsners; but it was a nice and slightly bitter touch.

Mouthfeel - A very light hoppy feel in your mouth, while swirling around brings out the earthy tones.

Drinkability - It is very drinkable and enjoyable. The light hoppy finish makes it distinct from other pilsners. The addition of earth and grassy hints is a pleasant addition.

All in all, Joe's Premium American Pilsner is a refreshing, natural-tasting pilsner with a slight bitter hop finish. Quite a radically different take on the American Pilsner.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours clear golden with sunset highlights and a big, foamy white head.

S - Sweet, light sugar, faint citrus hops.

T - There's an almost chalky kind of pilsner taste behind an earthy, grassy taste matched with piquant hops.

M - Thin bodied, smooth.

This is a really smooth drinking, enjoyable beer. I can see it being a big hit at the beach in a few months.

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Photo of Keffa
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spotted this at Beverage Source today, and wanted to try it. Didn't know Avery was canning stuff.

Poured into a tall pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow, nice 3 finger bone white head settles to a small cap, lacing everywhere and sticks to the glass like almost no other beer I have drank, save for Duvel.

S: Spicy and floral hops, some pale yet sweet malt, and a little fresh bread like yeastiness. Some light lemon as well. Hoppy aroma reminds me of Prima Pils from Victory.

T: Nice spicy hop and clean pale malt, a little yeast. A lemon note here or there. Not nearly as good as the aroma, but still good.

M: A little creamy, well carbonated, light body. Not bad.

D: Pretty good. Clean finish, not overly sweet or hoppy.

Not too shabby. Certainly better than the last Avery beer I had (Karma). If Avery can maybe tweak the flavor a little, this one could take on Prima as my favorite for the style. If you like a pilsener to be a little hoppier, this one will be right up your alley.

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Photo of Beejay
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Yellow and crystal clear. Nice fluffy white head.

S: Malty with toasty notes. There is almost a bit of a sour thing going on a bit.

T: Toasty malt goodness, backed with a strong bitterness from the hops. The hops are really aggressive in the bitterness and lacking in a cohesive flavor. Definitely not something I am a fan of. As it warms a bit the harshness from the bittering lessens a bit, which makes it a bit better in my book.

M: Light to medium, carbonation works. It almost feels slick, and leaves a film in your mouth.

D: The hops seem really out of whack here, almost like someone accidentally added the flavor and aroma hops all at the bittering addition, and said " ah screw it, I'm sure it will turn out fine.." It's not bad, it just doesn't jive with me.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I CANnot understand the circumstances behind this review. I do not like to review CANs without a picture until either my picture or someone else's picture is approved. it took me two tries to get mine approved, but it was the only one of many of mine still in the queue that was approved today. {Scratches head.}

From the CAN: "This ain't your grandpa's Pils"; "You're holding a [CAN]temporary rendition of a classic style. Hopped with purpose, Joe's is beautifully bitter and dry with an abundance of floral Noble German hops. Uber-sessionable. Utterly Ameri[CAN]. This is Premium Ameri[CAN] Pilsner."; and "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, imported German hops and German yeast."

Christ, I hope it ain't my grandpa's anything! Both have been dead since the mid-1970's and while I was willing to try an eight-year old Ameri[CAN] Malt Liquor earlier, that might have been a stretch. That, plus most of my family were not drinkers. It is only my Uncle Steve and I that enjoy tippling, imbibing and bacchanalia. I might have been drinking tea if it were up to my PapPaps!

The Crack reveled yet another craft beer filled to the brim with beer! The Glug looked like pale yellow (ahem!) running into the glass, resulting in two fingers' worth of fluffy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy lemon-yellow, in total, it resembled lemonade. The nose danced, no, sparkled with grassy, lemony Noble hops. Hot damn! Yep, PapPap's beer would have been the Prohibition- era (or after) swill that we are still stuck with. Mouthfeel was medium but the hops were unencumbered, filling my mouth and sinuses with a grassiness that made me long for summer (or the next visit to my dealer). I initially pooh-poohed lager-style beers until somebody turned me onto classically- made beers, vice AALs. This was fantastic! Tasty, dry on the finish, refreshing, no off flavors. I would take an entire cooler full of this to the beach!

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright crystal clear yellow/gold with a thick pure white head.

Nose is bananas fruity fresh white bread - the esters abound.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and perfectly balanced. Rich, bold and creamy mouthfeel that is inviting.

Flavors are yeasty, almost rye in flavor with a clean green grassy/celery/salty character; green spice; white pepper character, all of which carries over to the long finish.

This beer is just what I believe it's supposed to be and well done, at that. This style is not my favorite but I can recognize this beer as well made and appealing for the style.

Subjectively, I don't like it. Objectively it is a very nice example, well made and appealing. I suspect that Pilsner lovers will find this a very good American example.

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Photo of mcallister
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pilsner should look like. Straw colored, clean and clear with medium sized carbonation bubbles throughout and a brilliant white head.

Cereal grainy malts, biscuity as well. Great earthy noble hop aroma. A bit resiny and piney as well. Very clean and refined.

Amazing balance, nice hop bitterness, again earthy, with grassy finish, cereal and biscuity malts. Crisp, refreshing and slighlty creamy. Tremendous carbonation and way to drinkable. Great rendition by Avery.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can... Thanks to mr. augustgarage as always. Poured into bell's pint.

A- Very pale light yellow beer and a frosty snow white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S- Earthy/grassy hops. Not very strong.

T- Light, peppery herbal hops. Interesting bready grains. Light but flavorful. Hops are more intense than I expected. Nice dry and clean finish.

M- Light, nice finish. Very very enjoyable.

D- High. Wish I could get this... would be a perfect summertime beer. Light and easy drinkin' with a nice hop snap.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


On tap at Churchill's.

A: The color of straw with perfect clarity and a fast fading white head.

S: Grain, metal, some strange chemical. Grassy notes and some spicy noble hops.

T: Lemon, low bitterness, grass, earth, grainy malt. A moderate bitterness lingers.

M: Medium light body with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A mediocre at best pilsner.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Pizzeria Paradiso, Alexandria, Virginia.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a potent noble hop spice and a light malt.

The taste consisted of the same vibrant noble hop with a clean and grainy malt. Very nicely integrated.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with good carbonation.

Overall a tremendously tasty pils that was a pleasure to drink. Highly quaffable.

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Photo of Xul
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a perfectly translucent pale straw color, capped by two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is moderate as it settles down to just under a finger of head and holds there, leaving sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Grassy up front with some spicy undertones and a good grainy background. Very assertive aroma.

T: Light, sweet grains up front with big grassy hops coming in on the mid-palate and being joined by a good spicy character. Long finish of grass and peppery spice.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Could be a bit more carbonated.

D: Very refreshing and easy drinking, good pils.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery - Joe's Premium American Pilsner

I have been looking for this beer for three months or better and found it on a trip to Denver (After trying some fresh, I think the first can I reviewed was sitting for three months). Cans of beer have their advantages but mostly I wanted to try a new pils as the style has become a favorite of mine.

The Color is light golden with a very large white head that leaves nice fluff behind though dissipates quickly.

Having poured into a tumbler I am not suprisedf that the nose is rather subdued, though a bit citrusy and malty. Light like a pils should be.

Taste is light and fizzy a bit of lemony citrus with a grainy finish.

This beer is light fizzy and drinkable, though not as awesome as I had hoped. Prima still gets my vote. After having a few more, over months I have found that Joe's is a really good beer and very drinkable. Also I can get it for $7.49 a sixer. Bonus.


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Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Pilsner glass. Considering the ABV, I'm not sure why this is listed as an "Imperial" Pilsner? I'm rating it as more of a standard German Pils.

Effulgent, brilliantly clear pale straw liquid capped by a sturdy mushroom of ivory foam which seals off access to the beer beneath, threatening to burst over the sides as it floats on a curling mass of surface tension. Superior retention, thick pucks of lacing, and a bees nest of swirling micro-bubbles.

Sweet malt with vaguely toasty elements in the nose. Pungent fresh grassy noble hops contribute spice and complexity as well. A lingering biscuity and not quite fruity note pops up as well.

The flavor follows the nose with pale lightly toasted malt tastes leading into a moderate but purely noble hop bitterness - with a spicy/alfalfa/sage mixture at work (or, in play?). Fairly distinctive yeast notes as well, though they don't overwhelm the biscuity/grassy profile. Clean, faintly mineral-laden, dry finish, with just a touch of sweetness from the barley.

Light-bodied, yet quite effervescent lending the beer an expansive, filling aspect.

Very refreshing, though not quite cutting - a very good domestic example of a German classic...certainly gives Prima Pils a run for the money!

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Joe's Premium American Pilsner from Avery Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.